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Table 9 Frequencies of problems caused by straw in manure handling systems used, reported by Swedish pig farmers

From: A survey of straw use and tail biting in Swedish pig farms rearing undocked pigs

  Nursery units, n (%)
n = 45
Finishing pig units, n (%)
n = 43
Total Never Few times/year At least monthly At least weekly Total Never Few times/year At least monthly At least weekly
Rope/cable with arm scraper(s) 23 (51.1) 12 (52.3) 8 (34.8) 3 (13) 0 (0) 25 (58.1) 22 (88) 2 (8) 1
(4)
0 (0)
Rope/cable with box scraper 6 (13.3) 2 (33.3) 3 (50) 1 (16.7) 0 (0) 9 (20.9) 6 (66.7) 3 (33.3) 0 0 (0)
Hydraulic scraper 4 (8.9) 3 (75) 1 (25) 0 0 (0) 1 (2.3) 1 (100) 0 0 0 (0)
Shallow pit with pull-plugs 6 (13.3) 3 (50) 2 (33.3) 1 (16.7) 0 (0) 3 (6.9) 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 0 0 (0)
Deep straw bedding 6 (13.3) 5 (83.3) 1 (16.7) 0 0 (0) 4 (9.3) 4 (100) 0 0 0 (0)
Slurry 0 (0) 0 0 0 0 (0) 1 (2.3) 1 (100) 0 0 0 (0)
  1. n is number of farmers answering the question